San Jacinto proposed water and sewer rate increase coming to a public hearing in 45 days

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The San Jacinto City Council with only a three-person quorum reluctantly agreed to a staff requested major water and sewer rate increase to maintain the aging water and sewer systems in the city and notice it in a public hearing. The issue of an estimated $8 million repair and replacement cost for the city’s 30-year-old city water well and pipeline system with one of three wells already inoperable and another nearing collapse was raised at the last workshop and meeting, May 19. City manager Rob Johnson said the need to replace and repair much of the aging system in the next 5-years or sooner is absolutely necessary or the city will end up paying Eastern Municipal Water District for their water, costing far more than the needed 50% rate increase being proposed. The cost could exceed
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